Community Employment Advisor

Location: Blackburn

Salary: £23,432 p/annum rising to £26,575 p/annum with length of service

Expires: Thursday 06 May 2021

Community Employment Advisor

£23,432 p/annum rising to £26,575 p/annum with length of service

Newground Together is a social enterprise and a member of Together Housing Group, with the aim of empowering people to create sustainable communities that are connected, resilient, healthy and prosperous to achieve our ambition; better lives and opportunities for our communities.

Newground Together has supported over 500 people into work in the last two years. We have an exciting opportunity to join our Employment & Skills People Lancashire Team based in Blackburn, as a Community Employment Advisor, working on a large funded employability programme.  You will also be responsible for your own caseload, generating information for weekly / monthly statistical reports and outcomes, be creative, hardworking, and understanding of peoples needs.

The person for this role must be passionate in supporting people that have been out of work for over 12 months, to address any barriers they currently have, preventing them from accessing or securing paid employment. Whether that be training and development or personal barriers linked to their current circumstances.

  • This is a multi-faceted role offering an ideal opportunity to support people with multiple barriers to gain, maintain and sustain paid employment.
  • This position will suit a self-starter, who is able to use their own initiative, whilst also implementing evidence based employment methods.
  • You must be a team player; demonstrating reliability, excellent communication skills and play an active part in team meetings – working towards a common goal in supporting the people of Lancashire into employment and training.
  • This role would be ideal for someone who takes an active interest in their local community and wants to support people from these communities not only into work, but also in retaining their job long term.
  • In this role you will be working with people to support their journey into work, providing support for CV development, job search, application writing, interview skills and confidence building.
  • You will be active in the recruitment of participants into the employability project, retain their engagement in the project & to encourage them in participating with workshops, job clubs as well as 1-2-1s.
  • You will actively promote our employability offer on social media and in the co-ordination of events.
  • You will be doing this to raise aspirations; challenging and enabling all programme participants to reach their full potential.

You will need the following key skills, knowledge & experience to work as a Community Employment Advisor;

  • Experience of working with people aged 17-65 years from a variety of backgrounds, with diverse needs.
  • Demonstrable track record of placing people into paid employment
  • Able to demonstrate coaching/mentoring experience and influencing skills through previous work or social activities
  • The ability to plan and organise workload to meet required targets and deadlines
  • The ability to Build and maintain relationships with relevant Partners through regular telephone contact and visits as appropriate to ensure participants are aware of our services.
  • Evidence of working effectively with people who suffer from multiple barriers preventing them from engaging and participating on short and long-term interventions
  • Experience of problem solving, working on cases until completion & maintaining and managing a varied caseload
  • Understanding of the pressures and demands placed on people that are unemployed and from lower income backgrounds and being able to recognise the issues affecting people whom are out of work.
  • The ability to motivate, encourage and empower people; identifying barriers, realistic employment goals, social & training needs.
  • Willingness to travel borough wide (Lancashire)

This role is subject to a full enhanced DBS check, which Together Housing will support the ideal candidate through.

A full driving license is also required, along with access to your own vehicle insured for business purposes; with travel to our other offices throughout the North of England.

Together Housing recognises we are all different and that diversity is a strength. To further strengthen our organisation, we are seeking different voices and we will ensure all applicants will receive fair treatment, regardless of their personal characteristics, background or personal circumstances. Your difference makes us stronger and better. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment practices, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums and other services to support staff from different backgrounds.

In return we can offer you a great set of benefits which includes;

  • 27 days holiday (rising to 32 over 5 years’ service) + bank holidays.
  • A great flexible working environment, with a range of family friendly policies
  • Great new comfortable and modern offices
  • A huge scope of personal development opportunities
  • A very attractive pension scheme & healthcare benefit as well
  • For the more active minded we also offer a “cycle to work” scheme

The closing date for applications is 6th May, with interviews being held W/C 17th May.

You can complete the online application form by clicking here or alternatively email your CV & a Covering Letter to and please ensure you download a copy of the Job Description here & ensure your CV matches the requirements of the role.

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